Age: 27, credited to Arlington, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/21/62, CPL, Co. C, 14th VT INF, pr SGT 4/63, m/o 7/30/63
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Birth: 08/14/1835, Hebron, NY
Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 13160594
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Maple Hill Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT
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A BRAVE SOLDIER
An East Arlington correspondent writes as follows to the Bennington Banner in regard to George Coultre (sic), whose death took place suddenly in this town, Oct. 25.
Mr. Coultre, on the formation of the 14th Vermont Volunteers he joined Co. C at Manchester was made Corporal, while on the field he was promoted to the 1st Color Sergeant, and carried the colors of the 14th through the Gettysburg fight. It is here perhaps where the true character of the man shone forth to better advantage than at any other place, or on any occasion. It seems that the 14th was being fired into by one of the Pennsylvania regiments. "Well" he says. "I guess I can stop that", and amid showers of ball he carried the Colors back through bushes and smoke, and, so, undoubtedly saved many lives. When returning to the port he left the tassels dangling from the top of the flagstaff, hanging in the leaves of a tree. He had hardly reached his proper station in line when the flagstaff shattered by a rebel ball, not over two inches over his head. The same colors and the shattered staff are now in the State House, at Montpelier.
At his time Mr. Coultre weighed 225 pounds, and was in his prime. Few Color Bearers in the service, we are informed, ever carried more determination than Sargeant Coultre. Soon after the battle, one day on parade, Gen. Meade rode down the line, and noticed that the top button of Color Sargeant Coultres pantaloons was not buttoned. The fact was "Uncle Sam" did not have a pair large enough for him. The General asked why he was not properly dressed. The reply was., "Well. this b. c. hard tack is just beginning to swell, and I canít get the things around me".
Source: Vermont Phoenix, Nov. 13, 1891
Courtesy of Deanna French